Depression & Suicide
“The night is darkest before the dawn”
How would your life change if the
person you cared about most was
suddenly gone forever?
How would your life be different:
10 or more years?
What is depression?
a state of low
Symptoms of depression
Persistent sadness, anxiety or feelings of emptiness
Feelings of hopelessness, helplessness or negative
Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
Contemplating suicide or suicide attempt
Problems concentrating, remembering details and
Fatigue and loss of energy
Persistent aches, pains or digestive problems that are
resistant to treatment
Irritability or restlessness
Insomnia, waking early, or excessive sleeping
Overeating, or appetite loss
Loss of interest in activities that once were pleasurable
(e.g., hobbies, sports, social activities, etc.)
About 20 percent of teens will experience
teen depression before they reach
Between 10 to 15 percent of teenagers
have some symptoms of teen depression
at any one time.
About 5 percent of teens are suffering
from major depression at any one time
Is it normal to have depression?
Lots of people get depression
20% of people will have a state of depression in
their teens before they reach adulthood
If it is so common, why don’t we hear
about it more or recognize it?
Many who have depression try to hide the signs
Even worse, many who have depression don’t
seek help and fall deeper into depression
Antidepressants Behavioral therapy:
Exercise releases management
in your brain that
make you feel
better Group Therapy
Why do people take their lives?
What could lead a person to kill
Over 90% of people who take their life are
suffering from depression or another mental
***Why does this statistic make it especially
important that we can identify the signs and
symptoms of depression and other mental
Many times suicide is a cry for help.
Overwhelmed with emotions, thoughts, anxiety,
History of physical/sexual abuse
Family history of emotional disorders
Previous suicide attempts
Warning Signs Of Suicide
Verbal Warning Signs
Direct Verbal Statements
“I want to die”
“I wish I was dead”
Indirect Verbal Statements
“I won’t have to put up with this much
“They’ll be sorry when I’m gone”
Poems/Diary entries that deal with death
Direct or indirect suicide threats
Warning Signs of Suicide
Talking about suicide or death
Talking about “going away”
Huge change in personality
Giving possessions away
Feelings of hopelessness/guilt
Lack of motivation/loss of interests
Drastic change in eating/sleeping patterns
Recognize symptoms right away
After that, YOU MUST ACT ON IT. Do something!
Having the courage to help can save someone’s
Initiate meaningful conversations with the
Show support and ask questions
Persuade individual to seek help
Talk to someone you trust right away =
help to work through situations.
No matter what, seek help (even if the
person swears you to secrecy).
Who to turn to?
Psychiatrist = psychology and medical
doctor (can prescribe medication)
Psychologist = doctor of psychology